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ACCC does its job in pay-TV deal.



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MEDIA RELEASE

LINDSAY TANNER MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS

ACCC DOES ITS JOB IN PAY-TV DEAL

The initial response from the ACCC to the Optus-Foxtel deal demonstrates that the ACCC is serious about protecting consumers.

It shows how important it is that the ACCC is allowed to do its job, and that recent attacks on the ACCC by the big business lobby must be resisted.

The parties to the Optus-Foxtel deal are to be commended for their constructive response to the ACCC’s initial decision.

Labor believes that a process of negotiation leading to enforceable undertakings offers the best opportunity for an agreement which will ensure that rationalisation of the pay TV sector can proceed and that the interests of consumers are fully protected.

The ACCC clearly regards Telstra’s aim of extending its total dominance of the telecommunications sector further into the media sector with great concern. Labor shares this concern.

Telstra should not be allowed to further extend its monopoly power into media and thus further entrench its almost total control of the telecommunications sector.

June 21, 2002

For further information contact Lindsay Tanner or Peter van Vliet on (03) 9347 5000 or 0408 188 055